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Here is The Associated Press' Oklahoma high school football poll with first place votes in parentheses, records, points and ranking in last week's poll, records through September 4. Points for classes A through 5A based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring. Points for 6A (Division I & II), classes B and C based on 5-4-3-2-1 scoring.

Class 6A Division ISchoolTotalPointsPrv1. Union (9)(2-0)4512. Owasso(2-0)3553. Norman North(1-0)2234. Westmoore(1-0)15NR5. Broken Arrow(0-2)114(tie) Mustang(1-0)11NR

Others receiving votes: Jenks 3.

Another Raft Race Completed

Sep 5, 2017
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Thousands turned out on Labor Day to float or just watch watercraft on the Arkansas River.

Over 200 entries took part in the Great Raft Race from the River City Park in Sand Springs to the River West Festival Park in West Tulsa.

Among those floating the river was Mayor Bynum. This was the third year for the  restarted event. The raft race actually started in the 1970s, but was discontinued in the early 90s, because of the expense and libability.

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Attorneys for an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant in 2014 plan to use an insanity defense at his upcoming jury trial.

The Oklahoman reports court-appointed attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen contend in court filings that he is so mentally ill that he did not know his actions were wrong.

Potential jurors are expected to gather Tuesday for the first time to fill out questionnaires.

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Tulsa police say a person driving a pickup truck drove onto a downtown sidewalk and intentionally ran over three homeless people, killing one man and injuring a woman before driving away.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Stephen Florea says the three people were sleeping underneath the Interstate 244 at Cheyenne bridge early Monday when the truck jumped over the curb, drove down the sidewalk and struck them.

Florea says a 46-year-old man was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 49-year-old woman was injured, and a third person was grazed by the truck.

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The growth of an Oklahoma school voucher program for disabled children is fueling the expansion of private schools that offer specialized education.

The Oklahoman reports during last school year, 528 students used state funds for private school tuition through the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program, an increase of 73 students over the previous year.

Rollin' on the River

Sep 4, 2017
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The Tulsa Great Great Raft Race is an annual Labor Day event. Adventurers take to the Arkansas River for a float trip. Hundreds take part and even more watch from the banks as the homemade rafts sail through Tulsa.

The crafts launched at 8 a.m. on Monday for the trip to the River West Festival Park. The raft race started decades ago as a radio station promotion. It was canceled in the early 1990s because of liability concerns and expense. It was restarted, by a civil organization, three years ago.

Two Dead In Keystone Water Crash

Sep 4, 2017
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A man and woman are dead after a boating accident on Lake Keystone. It happened just after dark last night on the lake.

A Sea Doo was struck by a boat. Killed on that Sea Doo were William and Cathy Crocker. Their Sea Doo apparently did not have running lights, The operator of the boat could not see the smaller two person craft.

The crash was investigated by the Marine Division of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Illness Forces Jones to Cancel Tulsa Concert

Sep 3, 2017
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Singer Tom Jones will not hold a concert next Month in Tulsa after all. The 77-year-old singer of such 1960 hits as "What's New Pussycat", "Its Not Unusual" and the "Green, Green Grass of Home", was scheduled to appear at the River Spirit Casino on October 7th.

In a Twitter post, he announced the tour would be delayed until next Spring. The tour is being delayed for a medical reason. The tweet did not discuss the problem.

Boat Explodes on Keystone Lake

Sep 3, 2017
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A boat explodes on Keystone Lake, but no one is seriously injured. The Oklahoma Lake Patrol says a boat had pulled up to the Pier 51 Marina on the lake for gasoline on Saturday afternoon. When the driver of the boat attempted to restart the motor, the boat exploded.

A gasoline leak is listed as the official cause of the explosion.

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The Oklahoma National Guard is increasing its support of relief efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Guard officials said Saturday that about 500 soldiers are being deployed to Austin, Texas, in support of the relief operations.

At least 42 people were killed and tens-of-thousands were forced from their homes after Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns to help Number 7 Oklahoma roll past UTEP 56-7.Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game. The Sooners rolled up 676 yards of offense in their first game under new head coach Lincoln Riley.

Autopsies Reveal Infant Deaths Tied to Unsafe Sleeping

Sep 2, 2017
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Taffy Henderson, a maternal and child health promotion specialist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, puts a doll into a crib that is meant to show what a safe-sleeping environment looks like. Henderson uses the crib to demonstrate safe-sleeping practices in classes she teaches.

In October of last year, a 2-month-old infant from Kiowa County died after co-sleeping with her parents.

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An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Debi Jordan pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of mail fraud. She was ordered to pay $348,450 in restitution.

Jordan owned two job recruitment businesses based in Oklahoma and worked with a job recruiter for JE Dunn to find employees for the firm. She admitted in her plea deal that she took money from the company for employees who didn't work there, then paid kickbacks to the in-house recruiter.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have granted environmental permits for a Tulsa-based natural gas supplier's pipeline project.

The Tulsa World reports the Williams Partners pipeline project is a nearly $3 billion expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline. It'll be extended to connect Marcellus Shale gas supplies in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the country.

Williams also received approval to put a portion of the project into operation early.

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The White House says President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma congressman to serve as the next administrator of NASA.

Trump on Friday announced his pick of Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine to lead the nation's space agency.

The congressman is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. He was elected to Congress in 2012 and currently serves on House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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Hundreds of people line up at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa today to audition for the new season of American Idol. Hopefuls include people from all around the region. Some say they’re just there for the experience, others seek stardom like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Tulsa is one of 19 stops around the country. The show was cancelled before the 2015-2016 season, but ABC reached a deal to revive it for the new 2017-2018 season.

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The chairman of an Oklahoma House committee on criminal justice has launched a survey on violent and non-violent crimes as lawmakers consider changes to the state's criminal justice laws.

Republican Representative Scott Biggs, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice and Corrections, said Friday he sent a survey to 150 people across the state that asks which crimes are violent and nonviolent.

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An Oklahoma pipeline company that halted transport of gasoline and other fuel after Harvey devastated parts of the Texas Gulf Coast hopes to resume deliveries this weekend.

Dolin Argo, vice president of operations and business development for Tulsa-based Explorer Pipeline, said Friday that the company closed its two main pipelines days ago. Argo says deliveries should resume this weekend if refined fuel products are available from Texas refineries.

Several refineries in the Houston area shut down as Harvey flooded area cities.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association says U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak to the group in October at an event in Oklahoma City.

The group's Executive Director Ray McNair said Thursday that the former U.S. senator from Alabama has agreed to speak on Oct. 19 during an event at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

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The City of Tulsa will encourage property owners near some Peoria Avenue bus rapid transit stations to change over to mixed use zoning.

The Planning and Development Department is reaching out to people who own property within a half mile of seven enhanced stations along the 18-mile Aero line.

"If they wish to and their property is designated within this land use framework as an appropriate location for mixed use zoning along the BRT corridor, we would be able to accept their applications and process them free of charge," said City Planner Dawn Warrick.

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The City of Tulsa is moving to expand a ban on smoking in public places.

Currently, city ordinances prohibit smoking within public buildings or enclosed areas. A new ordinance would expand that not only to cover smokeless tobacco and vaping, but also to prohibit the use of those products on all city-owned or city-operated property. That includes parks and golf courses but not streets or sidewalks.

Senior Assistant City Attorney Mark Swiney said the benefits go beyond the immediate effects on public health.

In the Local News:

  • Governor Fallin reacts to the latest Supreme Court budget ruling.
  • State educators are working on an eight year plan.
  • The America Idol reboot rolls into Tulsa.

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A former research executive who was sued by Oklahoma State University after being accused of fraud has now been charged with making a false statement to secure a federally guaranteed bank loan.

The Oklahoman reports that Daniel Keogh was charged Monday with making a false statement to acquire a $3.2 million loan from First Pryority Bank. Keogh is the former contract operator of university-owned Multispectral Laboratories.

Tribe Won't Appeal 'Freedmen Ruling'

Sep 1, 2017
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The Cherokee Nation says, in a news release, it will not appeal a federal judge's ruling ordering the tribe to accept the descendants of former salves as tribal members. Cherokee Attorney General Todd Hembree says the tribe has already taken steps to enroll the new members.

Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

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Oklahoma's prison system has grown by more than 1,000 inmates since April, topping 63,000 people in the system and setting another record.

State prison officials reported Thursday that there are more than 26,700 inmates currently incarcerated, with another 1,500 in county jails awaiting transfer to a state prison. Nearly 35,000 are under some form of supervision, like probation, parole or satellite monitoring.

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There are nearly 40 unsolved homicides still being worked in Tulsa County, some dating back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. Members of a special Cold Case Task Force will be available to meet with members of the public or take information at the new Crimestopper’s Office in Promenade Mall through September. One of the investigators is former Tulsa Police homicide detective Mike Huff, along with former F-B-I, Sheriff’s, and other jurisdiction’s officers…more than 20 in all. Members of the team will be available at Promenade every Tuesday in September.                                      

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has narrowly upheld the removal of a 1.25 percent sales tax exemption on vehicles sold in Oklahoma.

In a 5-4 decision Thursday, justices ruled that a bill adopted by the Legislature earlier this year is constitutional because it did not levy a new tax, but removed an exemption from an existing tax. The measure is expected to raise about $124 million a year.

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  Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second largest tribe in the United States.

Cherokee Nation Welcome Center

  Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second largest tribe in the United States.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has an eight-year plan, and now the State Department of Education is working on one.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said with a record number of emergency teaching certifications approved just three months into this school year, one of the goals should be obvious.

"One of our goals is to reduce the need for emergency certified teachers by 95 percent by 2025," Hofmeister said.

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